THE only online bookmaker listing first-scorer prices on all SPFL games are – and Damian Walker is back with his popular first-scorer tips.

It’s a great service they provide and we’ve teamed up with the Scots firm to look at some of the best bets from the Scottish lower leagues.

Also leave your pick of first scorers at the end of this article for a chance to win a £10 free bet with Last week’s winner was Jimmy with Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths at 19-5. Email [email protected] with your McBookie username to claim the prize.

You can choose this weekend from the Premiership, Championship, League One and League Two. One correct entry will be picked at random to win the prize. Quote player, team and his odds – and a reason if you like.

Here is man Damian Walker’s Saturday selections.

He says: It’s a hard game tipping first-scorer winners. We said last week no way should Ayr be such a big price (7-1 at kick-off) to beat Dunfermline after just five league games and they run out 2-0 winners.

Obviously our first scorer pick wasn’t on the mark but we did pick an Ayr man. Onwards and upwards.

In the Championship Morton along with Alloa were my pre-season fancies to finish bottom. But Ton have fared pretty well largely on the back of a rock-solid defence that has conceded just six goals in nine matches including games against Hibs and St Mirren.

On Saturday they travel to face Queen of the South whose problem has been at the other end of the pitch – scoring goals. Apart from their opening two games against lower-league opposition in cups the Doonhamers have scored just seven goals in their next eight matches.

I still think Morton may struggle this season but on the balance of evidence this campaign I’m not so sure Queen of the South should be odds on.

Now to the tricky bit, Morton captain Peter MacDonald has scored two goals from just four starts this season and had to pass a fitness test before last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Dumbarton when he came on as a late sub.

Hopefully the striker is in the starting 11 this Saturday and his 18 goals from 35 starts for Dundee demonstrate what an asset he is. McBookie make him 6-1 to score the first goal.

Having tipped up Ayr to win at title favourites Dunfermline last wee, you might expect a similar bet on them to win at Airdrie this weekend.

However, we also tipped up Airdrie last Saturday and they made it four wins in a row with a win at Albion. We won’t repeat most of the reasoning behind our tip on the Diamonds last weekend but suffice to say they have an excellent manager, signed lots of quality players and have made a sharp start to the season unlike the last two campaigns.

I thought this might be a 6-4 each of two match but the bookies, including ourselves, have Ayr as clear favourites. That swings things towards an Airdrie scorer being a bit of value.

Gary Bollan signed Peterhead’s David Cox in the close season and he hasn’t let the manager down with two goals in his last two games and has been an ever present in all of Airdrie’s matches this season. McBookie make Cox 13-2 to be the game’s first scorer and that looks fair.

In League Two we have some real toss-of-a-coin games with only one odds-on shot (Montrose home to East Stirling) in the five matches but perhaps the best value this weekend may lie with a Clyde first scorer away to East Fife.

It was surprising to see the Fifers become the first side to lose to Arbroath in the league last weekend while Clyde leapfrogged Annan for a share of the lead with a 4-2 win over the Galabankies.

We’ve said it before but this Clyde squad is head and shoulders above most in the division and if Barry Ferguson can get them to click the title should be theirs for the taking.

There is already a striking difference between Ferguson’s management this season and last and that is the number of players who have started for Clyde.

Ferguson must have broken some Scottish records for numbers of players used in the 2014-15 campaign but this time around he has stuck to a fairly settled starting 11.

Sean Higgins joined in the summer from Cowdenbeath and rewarded his gaffer with a brace of goals against East Stirling and has started every match. Higgins is 6-1 with McBookie to score first.

Recommended Bets

MacDonald (Morton) 6-1
Cox (Airdrie) 13-2
Higgins (Clyde) 6-1

Can you find a winner!

Damian Walker

  1. Duncan Poundcake 1 year ago

    Going for 4 in a row ,
    Nathan Austin for East Fife @ 5/1 with McBookie Good Luck all

  2. Eye on the prize 1 year ago

    Jackson Irvine Ross county 14/1@mcbookie

  3. Ian Lindsay 1 year ago

    Billy McKay Dundee Utd 11/2 @ mcbookie

  4. Stephen Head 1 year ago

    Where is the Super Single thread competition? Is it finished?

  5. Bingo 1 year ago

    Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) @ 10/3

  6. Kevin McKenna 1 year ago

    Billy mckay 11/2 @ mcbookie

  7. Neil Renton 1 year ago

    Leigh Griffiths 13/5 for Celtic v Dundee. Boring and predictable but the wee man has bookies pulling their hair out with his first goals scored this term

  8. Ian Conway 1 year ago

    Liam Boyce,Ross County,6/1 at MCBOOKIE

  9. TheJamrock 1 year ago

    Adam Rooney 11/2 @mcbookie

  10. Dennis The Menace 1 year ago

    Gary Fraser: ( Montrose ) @ 11/2

  11. Andrew Morrison 1 year ago

    Rooney 11/2

  12. Donald Priest 1 year ago

    11/4 with McBookie

  13. William MacFarlane 1 year ago

    A Crawford (Hamilton) @ 8/1

  14. Alan 1 year ago

    dumbarton v rangers

    1st scorer

    lee wallace 12/1


  15. Liz Campbell 1 year ago

    R McAllister to score first for Peterhead 16-5

  16. Diane MacFarlane 1 year ago

    P Woods (Queens Park) @ 5/1

  17. Sandra Stevenson 1 year ago

    G Fraser for Montrose at 11-2

  18. steven gold 1 year ago

    Peter MacDonald 6/1 Morton

  19. Robo1 1 year ago

    Wheres your saturday tips mr f?

  20. tiptopterry 1 year ago

    Greg kilkie 21/2

  21. DJ 1 year ago

    Fayssal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline) 19/5 McBookie

  22. Liamaldinho 1 year ago

    Jason Cummings hibs 5/1 mcbookie

  23. Dougie Givens 1 year ago

    Jordan Brown,Peterhead, 9/2 @ McBookie.

  24. GEORGI GOGOV 1 year ago

    Aidan Smith ( QUEEN OF THE SOUTH ) odds 15/2 with McBookie

  25. theresa higgins 1 year ago

    Higgins Clyde @ 6/1

  26. jimmy 1 year ago

    waghorn ( Rangers ) 1st goal is 11/4 @mcbookie

  27. tonytanaka 1 year ago

    Taylor Morgan (Airdrie) 6/1 McBookie

  28. Danny Gallagher 1 year ago

    McAllister Peterhead
    16/5 with McBookie

  29. iain sutherland 1 year ago

    F El Alagui Hibernian 9/2

  30. Gerard Gallagher 1 year ago

    Osman Sow Hearts 7/1 McBookie

  31. austin hay 1 year ago

    S Higgins – Clyde 6/1 @ mcbookie

  32. malcolm caithness 1 year ago

    Peterhead v Brechin City

    Rory McAllister @ 3.00 at McBookie

  33. Ian M 1 year ago

    Kenny Miller (Rangers) @ 4.50 McBookie

  34. Lyall 1 year ago

    Nadir Cifci for Celtic v Dundee.
    18/5 at McBookie.

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